The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • Fitness is Getting Out and Living

    Readers, you are all great people. Feel good about yourselves. I appreciate all the e-mails how you're using the ideas in this blog, my website, and classes to stop years of pain, get back to doing fun things, or try healthy fun for the first time...

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  • Calories Burned in Prayer

    Last week at the sports medicine conference, I talked to a researcher from Kuwait University. Dr. Jasem Ramadan presented a lovely little study called Bioenergetics of Islamic Prayers, measuring the amount of oxygen and calories the physical movem...

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  • Can We Teach Young Doctors to Be Healthy?

    We have been traveling for the past 2 months in Asia and are on the way to the chilly Smokey Mountains of Tennessee USA to teach medical students for a week during their rotation elective in Wilderness Medicine. This is the third year I will teach...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds 3.34

    Thank you Medical Humanities Blog for including my post Healthy Mother's Day in Grand Rounds 3.34 this week.The web version of Grand Rounds is a medical web post that collects and recommends notable medical posts from the week.

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  • Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Help Exercise Ability?

    Heavyweight boxing champion Shannon Briggs was in the Black Athlete Sport Network news for getting sessions in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. According to the news, Briggs stated he believed the treatments would help him improve physically and get i...

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  • A Reader Asks About Osteoporosis and Walking Lightly

    One good question launched many answers. The post Walk Lightly - Shock Absorption for Happier Joints explained a light step prevents joint, soft tissue, and plantar fasciitis pain. In the comments, Carol asked if there were, "a connection betwee...

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  • Achilles Stretch in the Bathroom

    In the airport, an obvious tourist arriving here in Asia proudly waved a travel pack of toilet seat covers and claimed to be ready for the germs of travel. Another tourist nearby announced that it was a problem for him that women couldn't go to th...

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  • Prescription Acid-Reducing Drugs Produce Heartburn and Dependency

    In a study of acid-suppression drugs, healthy adults with no previous symptoms developed "heartburn, acid regurgitation and dyspepsia" after a course of the drugs. Forty percent of 120 volunteers taking anti-heartburn drugs called proton pump inhi...

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  • Valentine Partner Pushups

    Exercising in social ways is healthy. Valentine's Day is this week. This week I will post several ideas for fun active partner exercise. Start with this version of partner pushups, then have fun making up your own.Pushups give full body physical b...

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  • Logo Design Contest for New International Sports Medicine Academy

    In November, we announced a new International Sports Medicine Academy. The now renamed International Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM) was formed to provide:Evidence-based education in functional physical medicine, sports medicine inc...

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About the Author


M.Ed, PhD, FAWM

Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.

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